Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump wants to send man back to the moon - and eventually Mars

Trump wants to send man back to the moon - and eventually Mars

(Bloomberg) - President Donald Trump directed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars, shifting the agency's mission from the study of Earth. It's also a promise that has been made by three previous presidents, each of whom were defeated by the political and financial challenges of deep space exploration. In early October, Pence stated that America will return to the moon.

"Forty-five years ago today, NASA's final Apollo mission landed on the surface of the moon".

Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan holds an American flag on the moon in 1972.

The first manned Mars mission is planned for sometime in the 2030s.

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Other Republicans, namely former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, have expressed interest in going back to the moon. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, who wields considerable power over the space program.

Which brings us to a second motivator: China's ambitious space program has announced that it wants to land humans on the moon by 2036. The space station would orbit in cislunar space, likely at the Earth-Moon Lagrange point L2 (EML2), just beyond the moon's orbit around Earth.

Global space treaties, written in the early days of space exploration, leave much to interpretation and don't account for commerce in space.

Exactly how to get to Mars, however, is subject to debate within the space community. USA military is already talking up its new approach to space as a warfighting environment. Based in Washington D.C., the Coalition engages in outreach and education reinforcing the value and benefits of human space exploration and space science with the public and our nation's leaders, building lasting support for a long-term, sustainable, strategic direction for our nation's space program. Yet lunar missions could enable, rather than hinder, more ambitious journeys into space.

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